Also writes as: Atha
Born: Established: 5 May 1838 Hunslet ; Died: 24 Sep 1901 Hawthorn
Comments: Not a woman *I have mention of another, `A Baptism of Fire'. Check BOSAA - was this a serial only?
Complete: XXXXXXX Evening Post (NZ), Volume LV, Issue 119, 21 May 1898, Page 4: "Mr. Atha Westbury, who until some three years ago was a member of the regular staff of the Melbourne Argus, and is well-known as the author of fiction relating to New Zealand, has just come to Wellington, and intends to take up his permanent residence here. Mr. Westbury was through the Moari [sic] war as correspondent of the Manchester Guardian, and his knowledge of the colony is being given to the public in his romances". This author's work appears in 'Something to His Advantage' edited by Richmond Thatcher (1875). This will need to be added when that book is indexed fully. PK 13/2/08. I would appreciate it if somebody could review this record in some detail. There was a lot of mess to clean up, and lots of mistakes that had been here for a while. I removed more than one work record that was here when I arrived, and repaired the parent periodical record for the 'Pictorial Australian' (and the particular issue as well). I think most of the works listed in my BAL comment and author's biography that can't be found could actually be found if somebody had the time to look through the rest of the 'Pictorial Australian' editions, probably as poems or short stories. I hope my mess isn't worse than the one I started with. PK 14/2/08. Completed for BAL except for sighting & pending review. PK 14/2/08. Discovered that the source for belief that Atha Westbury was female was Paul Depasquale's _A Critical History of South Australian Literature: 1836 - 1930_ (p.160-161). TB 28/5/08